Interlibrary Loan

mnlinkInterlibrary Loan is used to request titles not owned by East Central Regional Library.

Please first verify that East Central Regional Library does not own a title by searching the library catalog by author, title, and keyword. If ECRL does not own the item and it was published at least 6 months ago, you may place an online Interlibrary Loan Request using MNLINK*

Once you place a request on MNLINK, ECRL will attempt to borrow the item from another library system for your use. Interlibrary loans usually take two to three weeks to receive, but may take much longer if not available in a Minnesota library.

PLEASE NOTE: You may have up to 20 active interlibrary loan requests on MNLINK, including requests being ordered, checked out or returned.

For titles published within the last 6 months, please use the Purchase Suggestion form.

If you have received a notice that an item is unavailable via MNLINK, ECRL can attempt to locate and borrow the item from elsewhere in the United States, at your request. We recommend speaking to a staff member before submitting a request for Interlibrary Loan of materials unavailable through ECRL’s free lending region.

If you have additional questions, Ask a Librarian for help.


*MNLINK is an online library catalog that makes the collections of almost all Minnesota’s libraries accessible to library patrons via one website.